Alternatives to High Calorie Carbs
Rice, pasta, potatoes, beans and quinoa are all high in calories and carbs. All of these carbs have 200 or more calories and 35 or more carbs per cup. Whether whole wheat or whole grain the calories and carbs are still high.
These carbs are quickly digested in the stomach and are absorbed as sugar. Quickly raising the blood sugar they cause rapid release of insulin from the pancreas which converts the sugar into fat. As this occurs, the blood sugar falls and produces hunger.
Vegetable Substitutes for High Calorie/High Carb Major Carbs:
- Zucchini: substitute for pasta noodles
- Cauliflower: substitute for potatoes and rice
- Butter Nut Squash: substitute for pasta
- Miracle noodles, Shirataki noodles: substitute for rice and pasta
Comparison of Calories and Carbs: Rice, Pasta and Potatoes vs. Vegetable Substitutes
Note in table above the cauliflower rice preparations are about 1/10 of the calories of white or brown rice and less than 10% of the carbs. With net carbs of less than 4 grams they make ideal additions to the HCG diet and like the vegetables are unlimited in volume. The cauliflower mash potatoes and Zucchini pasta are higher in calories and carbs(about 1/2 of the originals) and are very limited on the HCG diet to about 1/2 of a cup. The summer squash is not a good choice with 35 grams of carbs.
Miracle or Shirataki Noodles
These noodles supplied in a translucent plastic bag are translucent, gelatinous Japanese noodles made from the konjac yam. They are almost zero calories and zero sugar and carbs and can be substituted for pasta.
Like pasta, the noodles have no taste of their own and can absorb the tastes of sauces and food cooked with them. Since they come already cooked you have no choice as to the hardness.
They are purchased in a plastic bag surround by water that has a some what fishy smell even that they are vegan. They needed to be drained and washed well before eating. They go well on the HCG diet or any low carb diet.
Shirataki noodles are available in many shapes — spaghetti, fettucini, macaroni. .Brands include:
- Miracle Noodles
- NoOodle Noodles
- Nasoya’s Pasta Zero
A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that a low-carb diet was more effective for losing weight and reducing cardiovascular risks than the low-fat diet.
Preparation must be done carefully, check out this video:
Carb Alternatives for the HCG Diet
The HCG diet is based on eliminating all carbs from the diet. This not only reduces hunger, but increases metabolism. Dr Simmons’ original 500 calorie HCG diet had no carbs at all except for the few carbs in fruits, vegetables, Grissini sticks and Melba toast. The new 800 calorie HCG diet is based on adding some carbs in form of low carb wraps, bars and shakes. Despite these changes many people find the HCG diet difficult to maintain because of the boredom due to lack of rice, pasta and potatoes.
New low carb diets such as the Paleo Diet and Dunkan diet have encouraged food manufacturers to prepare substitutes for the major carbs. Using vegetables such as cauliflower, zucchini, squash, and beets new frozen an fresh carb substitutes are available and suitable for the for any dieter that wants to reduce his carbs:
Other Vegetable Alternatives for the Major Carbs in the HCG Diet
There are still more alternative vegetables than can be substitute for rice, pasta and potatoes in a low carb diet such as the 800 calorie HCG diet. Included are: mashed beets, shredded broccoli, sliced parsnips, broccoli tots, broccoli flat breads, baked radish chips and shredded broccoli. Men’s Health outlines even other alternative vegetables that can be eaten instead of rice, pasta or potatoes.
Recipes for Veggie Carbs
Here are some recipes for cauliflower rice: